Art, Creating and Research (Tilburg)

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This Minor has been designed to provide you with the artistic knowledge and skills required to work in the domain of creative industry, that is booming worldwide. You will focus on the many connections between various art disciplines in contemporary art and on creative industry, where art meets other domains such as science, education and journalism. You will acquire typical art-related skills, such as improvisation, creation and non-linear problem solving. You will be challenged to think about the function of art and culture by way of a carefully composed mix of practical and theoretical content. This Minor is offered at the well-equipped Art Campus in the centre of the culturally vivid city of Tilburg.

Target Audience & Entry Level

This Minor is open to all post-propaedeutic students and is suitable for students who are fascinated by the arts, culture and the general history of art. We welcome students with arts or arts-related backgrounds and sufficient proficiency in the English language to participate in discussions regarding arts-related topics in a semi-professional manner. This Minor demands curious minds and physical attendance at all times.

Programme Format

This programme includes executing four projects as listed below, in addition to attending four conferences and reporting upon cultural topics, as follows:

  • Creating a performance: Together with fellow students, you will create a performance from your collective imaginations, whereby you will focus on expanding boundaries and cooperation.
  • Creating in media: Each week, utilising contemporary media, you will create a message in sound and image. You will gain fundamental insight into the functioning, as well as the communication and artistic possibilities, of media. For example, Concept Development: from Theme to Finished Concept, whereby a positive approach will determine the artistic method required. Experimentation, research and discussion will be vital.
  • Psychology of creative processes: You will explore the potential obstacles and the moments of flow of individuals and/or collectives.
  • Creative writing: You will learn how to use artistic techniques to explore and improve your personal style.

Learning Outcomes

  • Expansion of your knowledge of contemporary, professional art and culture.
  • Being capable of taking on a professional, productive perspective in creative processes, with regard to, for example, developing concepts, cultural traditions, artistic perception and public reception.
  • Being capable of communicating substantiated opinions regarding selected relationships between art, culture and society.
  • Being capable of conducting methodical, basic research to acquire knowledge in the field of art, as well as consciously utilising tools and terminology in the appreciation of diverse works of art.
  • Being capable of utilising typical art-related skills such as improvisation, creation, non-linear problem solving and expanding your own boundaries.

How will your course programme be recognised by your home university?

Fontys will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognised throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.

How to apply short term programmes Arts

Before you can apply for an Exchange programme in one of the Arts, you need to send in a portfolio. Depending on the school you wish to study, either a DVD, a CD, a link to a blog or Youtube or other is required. Furthermore we need some personal details like your name and address, a CV and a motivation letter, your current year of study and study results. Applications should be sent to the contact person of the department and always be approved by your International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university.

Specific deadline for Arts programmes to send in portfolio:

Spring semester:

15 August to 15 October

Fall semester:

15 February to 15 April

Once the school has reviewed your portfolio, and considered it positive, you will receive the outcomes within 2 weeks.
Fontys will send you a link to an online application form. The online application system is called Mobility Online.

Academic dates study semesters

Fall semester 2016:

29 August 2016 to 03 February 2017*

Spring semester 2017:

06 February 2017 to 14 July 2017*

*For more information concerning the start date, please get in touch with the contact person of the study department of the concerned exchange programme.


Contact person for information about the programme Art, Culture and Research:

Ms. Monique Zijp

Visiting address: Zwijsenplein 1, Tilburg
Post address: P.O. Box 90907, 5000GJ Tilburg, The Netherlands


Duration:17 weeks
Contact hrs:15, self-study 17 hours
Period:Fall semester / Spring semester
Credits:30 ECTS